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Environment Commissioner warning on Great Lakes

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  • Mike Neuman
    Environment Commissioner warning By Mark Douglas www.radioowensound.com February 1, 2007 People would be shocked if they knew how badly off the Great Lakes
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      Environment Commissioner warning
      By Mark Douglas
      www.radioowensound.com
      February 1, 2007

      People would be shocked if they knew how badly off the Great Lakes
      really are.

      That dire opinion comes from Ontario Environmental Commissioner, Gord
      Miller, who spoke with Bayshore Broadcasting News following an all-
      day roundtable meeting yesterday about the fate of the Lakes.

      Miller says people aren't aware of all the dangers facing the Lakes
      today, nor their consequences -- and the politicians aren't taking
      action to make people aware.

      Miller says the three greatest dangers to the Great Lakes are the
      full effects of climate change, invasive species, and the risk of an
      environmental breakdown in the Lakes.

      As for Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, Miller says there's a reduction
      at the fisheries, and water levels are going down, thanks to no ice
      and more evaporation in a warm winter.

      Miller says open water in wintertime also means more severe snow
      storms.

      Miller says people can help prevent and even reverse the damage to
      the Lakes, with things as simple as washing out your leisure boat so
      you don't spread water viruses or zoo plankton.

      Miller says the Ontario government is giving a "trivial amount" of
      money and attention to the Lakes, with shockingly low levels of
      enforcement and monitoring.

      But Miller says public awareness of the issues will eventually lead
      to political action.
      http://www.greatlakesdirectory.org/on/020207__great_lakes.htm
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